Opposite: Maharaja inaugu­rating the Bhaktivedanta Institute branch in Tirupati, India

therefore most of the Institute’s major activities were done after Srila Prabhupada’s departure from this world.

After Srila Prabhupada’s departure, Maharaja underwent a long struggle to establish the Bhaktivedanta Institute’s activities. This was primarily due to a lack of financial support.

Srila Prabhupada had instructed Maharaja to establish a Bhaktivedanta Institute center in America. For this purpose, in 1978 Maharaja temporarily rented a house in Atlanta. A little while after this, he shifted the Institute to Philadelphia. There he and the other

BI Bulletins

Bhaktivedanta Institute Bulletins

members produced the bulletin for the Bhaktivedanta Institute. Soon after that the funds required to run the Institute were exhausted and so Maharaja moved to Oklahoma City where he oversaw the running of a motel with the help of Sri Ramanbhai Patel in order to generate funds for the Institute. With the meager income from the motel he began to work on some publications.

Later, Atreya Rishi Prabhu, who knew Maharaja from prior interactions that the two of them had in the company of

Srila Prabhupada, requested Maharaja to move the Bhaktivedanta Institute to San Francisco. Atreya Rishi Prabhu owned a few houses there and out of friendship offered Maharaja the use of one of them.

BI in Tirupati

In the early 1980’s Maharaja began to give presentations on Bhagavata Culture at various universities in South India. The Tirupati Tirumala Devasthanam (TTD), management of the famous Balaji Temple, after being impressed by Srila Prabhupada’s mission, donated a piece of land for the Bhaktivedanta Institute at the base of the Tirumala hill. Thereafter, Maharaja opened a Bhaktivedanta Institute branch in Tirupati, which is now the ISKCON Tirupati temple. Thus in India, the Bhaktivedanta Institute was started in Tirupati with the aim of presenting the scientific, theological and philosophical teachings of the Bhagavada-gita and Srimad Bhagavatam for the welfare of humanity, by the combined effort of TTD and ISKCON. Simultaneously, he began organizing a conference on the Synthesis of Science and Religion that was

“The Vedanta
Sutra defines
evolution as the
journey of the
innumerable
conscious particles
of life (souls) in
time and space as
they travel from
one bodily form to
another under the
laws of karma (cause
and effect)”

Sripada Bhaktisvarupa Damodara Maharaja